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Poll suggests no improvement in Nigeria power supply

14 July 2015, 12:51Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Nigerians have rarely seen an improvement in power supply even in the face of power reformation programmes government initiated a decade ago.

This is according to findings of a survey conducted by a regional polling agency, which suggest only an average of 36,4 percent of Nigerian households attested to seeing improvement in power supply over a 30-month period.

“This finding is in no doubt influenced by the challenges faced from the generation, transmission and distribution end of the power sector,”
NOIPolls, the research agency, stated.

More findings revealed that the power sector has been characterized  by an erratic supply of power as there has been no clear consistency in the state of power over this period, with months of slight improvements as well as most often, months with no visible improvement.

NOIPolls reports that there has been a consistent decline in the proportion of Nigerians who saw improvement from January 2015 (32percent) to May 2015 (17 percent).

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However an upward movement was recorded in June 2015, as 44 percent of Nigerians attested to seeing improvement in power supply; thus representing a significant increase of 27-points from May to June 2015.

Moreover, nationwide quarterly averages revealed that Q2 2015 recorded the worst power rating, while Q3 of 2014 recorded the best power rating so far at 45 percent.

In a general view of power tracking by geo-political zones over a 30 month period, the larger proportion of Nigerian households across all geopolitical zones have generally seen no improvement in power supply.

In line with this, the South-West zone recorded the lowest overall average power improvement rating at 32 percent over the period in view, thus indicating that this zone is the worst hit in terms of poor power supply.

On the other hand, the South-East zone seemed to have enjoyed relatively the best power supply with an overall average of 41 percent.

The opinion poll was conducted from the first quarter (Q1) of 2013 to Q2 2015. It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. A total of 30 000 phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed within a 30-month period.

- CAJ News


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